A social studies teacher at North Rowan (N.C.) High School who shouted down students who criticized Barack Obama has been placed on a paid suspension pending an investigation.
Earlier this month, the Washington Post inexplicably ran with an irrelevant page one story about a Mitt Romney bullying incident that occurred 50 years ago. Against this backdrop, during a discussion of this story in the classroom, at least one student pointed that Barack Obama admitted to a bullying incident as a youngster, an episode described in his autobiography Dreams From My Father.
That’s when the North Carolina teacher lost it, judging by the cell phone video uploaded to YouTube (see below), yelling at the student among other things that he could be arrested for disrespecting President Obama. She also made the amazing claim that people got thrown in jail for saying bad things about President Bush, which should be news to his many detractors.
As you can hear, the student had to give the teacher a nutshell lesson in freedom of speech protections under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, pointing out that both candidates are “just men” and discussion of’ the pluses and minuses for both are fair game. This appears to be one time where talking back to the teacher was justified.
According a local paper, the Salisbury Post, the teacher is now on a paid suspension (which seems to many like an early summer vacation). A spokesperson for the school district said the following:
The Rowan-Salisbury School System expects all students and employees to be respectful in the school environment and for all teachers to maintain their professionalism in the classroom. This incident should serve as an education for all teachers to stop and reflect on their interaction with students.
Here is an FNC report of the incident: